Fifteen million Midsummer Place planning application submitted

An external view of the Midsummer Place development
An external view of the Midsummer Place development

A £15million planning application to extend Midsummer Place Shopping Centre has been submitted.

The improvements, which could add 57,000 sq ft of new retail space to the centre, aims to bring more fashion, restaurants and jobs to the area.

Milton Keynes Council received the application from developers Legal & General Property (LGP) today (Friday).

The aim of the improvements is to attract more international fashion retailers to Midsummer Place, as well as creating a new restaurant quarter to compliment the retail offer.

The shopping centre says the enhancements will create significant local job opportunities.

LGP claims a consultation in April provided ‘overwhelming support’ from shoppers who currently use the centre, with 82 per cent of those commenting giving their backing for the proposals.

Senior Asset Manager, Shopping Centres at Legal & General Property, Helen Snooks said: “Milton Keynes has established itself as a major regional shopping destination and it is important that we support this by continuing to invest in and improve its offering in order to best serve our discerning customers and maintain this position.

“We are very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to respond to the consultation exercise as this has helped us enormously in improving our plans for the enhanced centre. We feel that we have a much better scheme as a result and one which will build upon Milton Keynes’ existing strengths.”

If the application is approved by Milton Keynes Council, work would be expected to start on Phase One in early to mid-2013 alongside the delivery of two new restaurant units between Pret A Manger and Burger King for which LGP already has consent.